Rurality scheme under fire, again

The Australian Standard Geographical Classification – Remoteness Areas (ASGC-RA) scheme has been strongly criticised in the past by the Rural Doctors Association of Australia for lumping together large regional centres like Townsville with much smaller and more remote towns.

Now the AMA has highlighted “significant concern” over the system in a position statement on rural and regional workforce initiatives.

Association president Dr Steve Hambleton said the AMA welcomed the fact that more areas are eligible for